Saturday, November 18, 2017

Athletics Day 2017

What an awesome day to be outside! We had an excellent turn out and great participation. As well as the normal track and field events we had fun events such as: sack races, piggy back races, whole school dancing and, of course, the Whanau Chants.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

This Is How We Roll...

Week 4 Whanau Days were all about Forces and Movement. Students researched, then created, marble tracks using recycled materials. Then some students also chose to try it on large scale by going to OGO for a full-sized roll.

Monday, September 25, 2017


What beautiful weather we had for our whanau days in Week 9. Have a look at the video link to see some of our antics at Amaze Me

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Student Writing

Our writing focus has turned to narrative writing for the rest of the term. This week students wrote to describe a setting using specific nouns and descriptive adjectives. Here is some of their work...

Deep in the Jungle stands a rickety abode. Its roof looks as though it will collapse any minute. The door of this building crumbles at the very touch. Vines grow strong around the broken down structure. Cruddy windows of the second level were overgrown with furry green moss. Centuries old wood creaks with every gust of wind. Grey stones that cover the ancient structure drop with every step closer. The steps are slightly submerged into the dampened grown of the jungle.

By Bianca

Scenery Writing

The bright green grass was waving in the wind.
The road was flat like a pancake.
The brown tree trunks were rough like sandpaper.
The trees were leaning like they were falling.
The sun was shining on the crusty leaves.
The flowers were smelly like a bath bomb.
The road was grey like a rainy cloud.
The wind was soft like toilet paper.

By Zianne


The sand burning the bottom of my feet.
The fluffy white clouds making mysterious pictures in the sky.
Palm trees waving their  leaves like hands.
The gorgeous  water waving over the crystal white sand.
The never island so far far away looking so lonely.
The sparkling  blue water never smeling so salty.
The stunning lagoon sparkles in my eyes.
The pretty blue and white tones making beautiful colours.

By Maia

The waterfall drops like a shower of a rain.
The trees are green like a rainforest surrounding  the falls.
The flowers bloom like a gate opening to go inside.
The peacock is more colorful than a rainbow.
The peacock colors are red, blue and white like the french flag.
The  feathers are beautiful like a colorful rainbow that glitters.
The peacock stands like she is the leader of her group.
The peacock’s eyes are black like she sees death in another person.

By Mairangi

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Blue water and don't forget the purple and orange sky. 
Red leaves and the brown branches waving in the wind.
The sun is setting on the horizon.
Birds flying past, you can hear them chirping,
Baby birds crying for food.
The water shining because the sun’s reflection.

By Isaak

Stepping onto white sand like walking on salt.
Small gentle winds that sway the waving palm trees.
Blue skies with white patches of pale candy floss.
Cold ocean water splashing against my body.
Burning like a bbq under neath the deadly heat.
Blue furriness tickling under my feet.
As the water ripples it takes away the stress.
The hairy fale’s sit in a line on the crackling sand.

By Te Okewhare


The sun rises early, as the clouds start covering the skies.
The gigantic mountains reach their peaks.
The trees surround the land with green.
The water reflects on the wonderful reality.
The snow slowly covers the gigantic mountains.
Clouds slowly pass as the sun fades away.
The beautiful pale white snow covers the tree tops.
The branches shake as the wind blows past.

By Taylor

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The enormous Moon lighting up the lake.
The sky with a calming blue.
Stars blinking and shining in the night sky.
The water holds the reflection of the sky and moon.
The swans relaxing on the cold, calm water.
Trees reaching and branching over towards each other.
Trees swaying, wind howling.
Hard day, best night.

By Dontay Rapana

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The water is as still as a statue.
Shining bright, the sun is as sparkly as diamonds.
As the waterfall drops, it is as fast as a cheetah.
Water as blue as the sky, ripples move across the lake.
Standing tall the trees are surrounding the water
like soldiers.
The rocks stand strong as the waterfall flows through them.  
The floating clouds as fluffy as candy floss.
The scene brings a feeling of happiness and peace.

By Rahapa Ririnui

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The bright ball of yellow fire sits high in the night sky.

The red reminds me of blood, sweat and tears in rugby.

The sun is setting  over the high mountains.

The colour yellow turns to orange and red.

Light  shines upon the dark drifty day.
The mountains are abandoned.    

By Liliano Sabatini

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Rotorua Girl's High and Rotorua Boy's High Visits

Wednesday was the day we visited the local Boys and Girls high schools. Both schools were extremely hospitable to us - providing buses for transport and delicious kai for morning tea and lunch. The trip was fun, informative and entertaining!

Here are some photos from the rotations the girls were part of on the day...

The Humanities...girls had to create a map of New Zealand using wool and then label it with various place names.

P.E....girls played 4 different games to help remember the story of  Te Ao-kapurangi. 

Science...Chemistry, Biology and Physics...the girls had a sneak peek into the 3 areas of science with some hands-on experiments and observations.

Technology and Fashion...girls designed and created badges to take home with them. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Steamers in the Taeotu Learning Centre!!!!

Wow, weren't we lucky!?! Four Bay of Plenty Steamers players came to talk to Taeotu Whanau about rugby, leadership, inspiration and how to achieve your goals.

Read the news article here

SELFIE: Steamers prop Jordan Lay takes a picture with Rotorua Intermediate pupils. PHOTO/BEN FRASER

It was great to see the students really think about the different ways leadership can be shown - from sporting roles to classroom roles to personal decisions. I will leave you with this wise advice from the players:

"Be prepared to make decisions no one has had to make before. Follow your decisions 100 percent...follow through, and learn from them."

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Getting Ready for High School...

Over the past few weeks, Year 8s have been visited by the four local high schools. Teachers and students from each of the schools came to give information about how a typical day would look, classes available, sports teams to participate in, and much more.

Below is the information about Open Days that students will attend this term.